We believe that the best and most successful partnerships result from a great fit. We see a strong chance for a great fit if your team, market and profile resemble the criteria outlined below and if you feel that our teams could align well.
We do not believe in transactional relationships and instead focus on long-term trusted partnerships of equals. If you sense that there may be a great fit, we would love to start a conversation.
We partner with founders with prior leadership experience, which can come in many different forms. We consider “founder market fit” and strong technical expertise on the team important ingredients for success.
We do not care where you come from, which gender you are, what your ethnicity is or what your beliefs are, but we get excited when we see your belief that winning is the only option.
We partner to tackle large market opportunities that solve a vexing pain point. We are not looking for marginal improvement but for quantum leaps. The market does not have to be new and we are not afraid to join you in disrupting powerful incumbents.
We partner with North-American software startups at the post-seed stage. If you have already raised a seed-round from reputable investors but have yet to raise an A-round, there may be a great fit. Occasionally, we also invest at the seed-stage, if there is significant indication of product-market-fit, solid user or MRR traction and a breakout growth pattern.
We typically focus on: SaaS, Fintech, Mobile, Social, Marketplaces, AI / ML. We do not invest in Hardware, Robotics, Life Sciences, Crypto, Blockchain, Gaming, CleanTech, AgTech, Cannabis or business models with significant physical product components.
We believe in fist bumps over sharp elbows. We often co-invest with other top-tier US and EU venture firms. If you already have a lead investor in place, we can join a round. In case you don’t, we may help bring in a lead or other institutional co-investors from our network of VC partners. We typically commit up to $250K as an initial investment and reserve follow-on capital committing up to $1M per startup.
We have worked across functions, industries and global regions for Fortune 500 corporates and also as management consultants. We have done the even harder work and built startups ourselves. We may help fuel your growth by connecting you to leading business partners in the US and EU. We can also support you in strategy, organization and process development.
If we partner, it typically means that you have a vision for global category leadership. While this does not mean that you should plan to expand internationally too early, eventually the European market will be a “must-win”. We can help you be prepared when the time is right.
We have a transatlantic mindset and organization. We have built relationships in Europe over many decades. We know the cultures, speak the languages and have a strong presence on the ground. Whether it is accessing top-tier European growth-stage investors, corporate customer or channel partners or top-tier local talent, we can help you get connected.